Ducks Unlimited seeks 2 highly-motivated research technicians to assist with waterfowl surveys from February 12, 2018 to August 17, 2018. A successful applicant should expect to participate in two separate research studies: 1) a waterfowl spring migration study in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska (NE); and 2) a waterfowl productivity study assessing wetlands in cropland-dominated landscapes in western Minnesota and north central Iowa. Field operations will be based out of Wood River, NE from February 12– April 13, based out of the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota from April 16 – June 15, and then stationed out of Minnesota or Iowa until August 17, 2018.
Waterfowl spring migration study:
Major responsibilities will include properly identifying waterfowl and shorebirds to species and social groups. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., 40 hours per week). Some weekend work may be required. Research technicians for this position will conduct a spring migration survey from approximately 12 February ~ 13 April and will be paid $11.25/hr.
Waterfowl productivity study :
Major responsibilities will include properly identifying duck broods to species and age class, collecting aquatic invertebrates via activity traps, and collecting wetland metrics to characterize wetland conditions. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., 60-80 hours per week). Some weekend work will be required. Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions, therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. Research technicians for this position will conduct ground-truthing and study preparation from 16 April ~ 15 June and brood and aquatic invertebrate surveys from 18 June ~ 17 August. They will be paid $11.25/hr + overtime.
Housing and work vehicles will be provided for this position at all locations.
A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend long days and early mornings in the field, and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience identifying waterfowl and navigating using hard-copy maps are also preferred skills. Successful applicants will be expected to work safely and effectively in a rural setting without direct supervision. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.
To apply for this position, complete the online application at www.ducks.org/jobs and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for 3 professional references. Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled.